OK, guys...I'm now 8 hours into my PC build and officially exhausted. I've got to sleep right after this post.
And sorry I haven't been active here, lately. I've worked 6 days, straight with a 12-hour shift thrown in to make sure I have no life, whatsoever.
So, after hours of pouring over various manuals and research on the internet, I was finally finished with the PC, all except for the video card. I left that for last, just so I could see if the system would POST and all that.
I really had my doubts. I expected a complete failure, as I'm so exhausted from such a long day and stayed up WAY past my bedtime. (Luckily, I'm off tomorrow).
So, my PC works, as far as I know, since it did POST and I was able to install Windows 7 Pro 64. I don't know about the front-side USB and audio yet...no time to test it.
I have a question, though. Like I said earlier, I bought Windows 7 at a discounted price since my wife is in college. They mailed me 2 discs, one labeled Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit and another, Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Upgrade.
Do I have to install the 32 bit first? Because I skipped that one and went straight for the 64 Bit one, instead. Install went fine, but when I tried to type in the registration key, it was denied...twice. The registration key was emailed to my wife's college address from Microsoft. Of course, I was able to finish install, but why isn't the key working? And, I only have one key, not like I have one for both versions. Oh, and they failed to give me Office 2010. I only have a download available for Windows and they sent a backup copy on disc, free of charge. I'm not even going to bother with that. I'll download OpenOffice, instead.
I took various pictures of the build that I'll upload later. I really thought I would be able to do some clever cable management, but that thing is a mess. Cables just don't seem to be long enough to reroute and it's eSpaghetti, in there. Probably my fault, as it's my first build and not understanding what should go where, first, and what will get in the way of the other thing.
Hey, at least (so far) I plugged the right cables into the right hardware and it's actually working!!!
Thanks to all of you for helping!